Paul Pogba is keeping Manchester United waiting over a decision on their new contract offer, according to reports. The midfielder has entered the final 12 months of his current deal and speculation over his future has intensified.
United found themselves in a difficult position over the summer. They could either sell Pogba to recoup some of the £89million they paid Juventus for his services in 2016, or they could offer him a new contract in the hope of an agreement.
The latter option would risk Pogba running down his deal. In January, the 28-year-old can speak to foreign clubs about a possible free transfer ahead of next summer.
But it now appears that the Old Trafford hierarchy has decided to offer fresh terms.
The Daily Mail reports that Pogba signalled his intention to agree a new contract as early as last season but United have only just accelerated their attempts to put together a package.
They continue that Pogba is in no rush and is now choosing to stall a decision over that offer due to United’s hesitant approach to discussions.
The new offer is believed to be an increase on the France international’s £290,000 per week salary.
However, a deal before the end of the transfer window does not appear to be on the horizon.
Pogba started the new season with an excellent performance in United’s 5-1 thumping of rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford.
His four assists mean that he has already improved on his tally of last season’s three in just 90 minutes of Premier League action.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he told Pogba to play with freedom against Leeds, prompting his superb display.
“I’ve had a great relationship with Paul all the time, ever since he was a kid,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.
“Today’s message was just about: go out and enjoy yourself. He had 45 minutes against Everton [in pre-season], which which was not his best.
“But today we just gave him the freedom overall, to go wherever he wanted to go. We wanted him to get on the ball.
“All the best players would want to feel our trust in them, our confidence. And Paul is one of those players who can create something out of nothing.
“He looked so strong and I was impressed by his fitness. That’s a good sign.”
Pogba was a second-half substitute as United defeated Burnley in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Old Trafford on Tuesday afternoon.
Goals by Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard and Fred earned a 3-1 win as players who had a shorter pre-season earned vital minutes.
Last season’s top-flight runners-up face successive away trips against Southampton and Wolves over the next fortnight.